My Electronic Medical Library – how it all started

Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, FACS - PC Support


I did not find any books or scientific journals when I visited the Kundiawa Provincial Hospital in Papua New Guinea in 2017. Therefore, I decided to create an Electronic Medical Library.


In Papua New Guinea electrical power shutdown do happen. The internet is not always available. To google search is slow. It costs about 50 times more than in Switzerland. No flat rate is available.

Electronic Medical Library

Rather than donating books I created and installed my Electronic Medical Library on 20 stationary notebooks. I configured an additional notebook as server. The EML in Kundiawa was last updated in March, 2020. By now, the content of the Electronic Medical Library has more than doubled. It is to the best of my knowledge the largest portable offline collection of medical information. Over 5’200 books, teaching videos, ultrasound videos, current best practice guidelines, presentations, and personal Standard Operating Procedures are on a 2.5” external USB 3.0 drive.


I use the open source DocFetcher as search engine. The index consists of over 85’000 fully optical character recognized PDF files. For Techies: Currently, it takes a bit over 8 hours to index the Electronic Medical Library from scratch with an AMD PC 12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3900 with 64GB of RAM, allocating 16 GB of RAM to DocFetcher. However, once indexed, DocFetcher runs fine to search the EML with just 512MB.

Summaries and publications

So far, I added besides books, videos, and other content over 37’000 summaries of publications. Each week I add between 200 and 300 new summaries. You can download the newest ones for free from this site, check the Public Electronic Medical Library page.

If you look for medical information, a textbook, or a teaching video: Please send me an E-mail:

I will mail you the PDF file(s) / *.mp4 – files.

You may obtain the entire current EML with the DocFetcher index as a 256 Bit AES encrypted file with a public and a private key and the necessary additional software on a 4TB external 2.5″ USB 3.0 drive. The EML can be used with a Windows or Mac PC, Laptop, or Notebook. The shipping costs are depending on your location. It might not be possible to ship an external 2.5” USB drive to you. In that case I can organize a download for you. Please ask for a quote.

Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, FACS, General and Vascular Surgeon, 1073 Savigny, Switzerland

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